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Air Racers narrated by Paul Walker races into the IMAX® Theatre on Memorial Day weekend

Posted 5/24/2012   Updated 5/24/2012 Email story   Print story


by Mary Bruggeman
Air Force Museum Foundation

5/24/2012 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Memorial Day weekend is always a race weekend in this area with cars flying around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year Air Racers will also be flying into the IMAX Theatre at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Narrated by Paul Walker (The Fast and Furious franchise, Takers), Air Racers is the first-ever IMAX theatre film devoted to the fastest race in the world: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. With stunning aerial photography and unprecedented access granted to the course, Air Racers takes audiences into Nevada's Valley of Speed to experience the intensity and high-speed thrills of a sports event like no other combined with spectacular air show entertainment. Moviegoers will discover this ultra-competitive world through the eyes of rookie pilot Steve Hinton as he attempts to fly his P-51 Mustang fighter plane to victory in the most highly-anticipated and unpredictable race class.

Air Racers, which was three years in the making and required a $5 million dollar budget, is produced by 3D Entertainment USA and Pretend Entertainment in association with Stereoscope and distributed worldwide by 3D Entertainment Distribution. Directed by Christian Fry and Jean-Jacques Mantello (Sharks3D, Ocean Wonderland 3D), principal photography in 4K digital took place during the 2009 and 2010 Reno National Championship Air Races and was completed at the Reno Stead Airport in June 2011.

"The Reno Air Races and Air Show is a unique event that is full of incredible characters, from the pilots to the amazing vintage aircraft," said the film's directors, Christian Fry and Jean-Jacques Mantello. "As storytellers, we always knew that this was a perfect subject for the IMAX medium, primarily because of the spectacular visuals that are available in this world, as well as the truly unique opportunity to put audiences inside the cockpit at 500 mph."

The exciting subject matter attracted narrator Paul Walker to the film.

"I have always been fascinated by the sheer power, precision and skills of these tremendously talented pilots who race just 50 feet off the ground at twice the speed of a NASCAR race," said Walker. "I was further drawn to the film by its unique historical view of this legendary sport and for the educational insight into the science of flying that it provides."

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force offers the opportunity for audiences to not only see these historical airplanes on the IMAX Screen in Air Racers but also on display in the museum. Learn about the P-51 Mustang, the T6D Mosquito and other aircraft and the part they played in military history. The film combined with the exhibits gives the audience a better understanding and appreciation for these timeless treasures still being flown today in Reno.

Air Racers will be shown daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. beginning May 25. Also showing at the theatre will be Fighter Pilot at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Hubble at noon and 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $7.75 for adults to $4.50 for children, military, group and schools. This film is recommended for all audiences. Visit the official film site for more information at

The IMAX Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, established to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit

The museum is located six miles northeast of Dayton, accessed easily off Interstates 70 and 75 to Interstate 675, exit 15, which is the Colonel Glenn Highway exit. The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Parking and admission are free; however, there is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. For more information, visit the museum on the Web at

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the IMAX Theatre at (937) 253-IMAX or visit or email

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information on the Air Racers film or the IMAX at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, contact Mary Bruggeman at 937-656-9623 or email

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